Pete O’Rourke was speaking on the Football Terrace YouTube channel when he claimed that Renato Sanches could be a target for Spurs with Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm.
Already this summer, Sanches has poked the fire in terms of a move away from Lille claiming he was waiting for an invitation from Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes to join him at the Emirates Stadium, although Spurs also hold an interest in the 23-year-old, despite O’Rourke also claiming that Spurs will be strapped for money this summer.
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However, it’s not just Spurs and Arsenal that are interested, with former Champions League winners Liverpool reportedly closing in on the midfielder after reports emerged that their previous target, Saul Niguez, favoured a move to Barcelona this summer.
Having a Portuguese manager such as Nuno at the helm could work in Spurs’ favour to land Sanches, something O’Rourke spoke about on The Done Deal Show.
“I could see Renato Sanches being a target. He’s a young player, he had a good Euros for Portugal. He’s at Lille – we all know Lille are a selling club, they will probably take any good offers that they might get for their best players.
“You’re probably looking at Sanches being around the £30-35 million mark and he’s a top, top young player.
“Something that could work in Tottenham’s favour is that they’ve got a Portuguese coach there at the club right now with Nuno, who will know all about Renato Sanches.”
TIF thoughts on Sanches to Spurs…
It would be a massive coup for Spurs if they could swoop in for Sanches ahead of the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, but after Lille won Ligue 1, it could be argued that the midfielder will not come cheap – so someone with healthier finances could be considered favourites to land him.
However, something that could swing in the favour of all English clubs is that French football as a whole is struggling for money, with their record broadcast deal with Mediapro collapsing after just a few months, leaving the league scrambling around to find someone new to broadcast their games – so clubs may be desperate for any sort of cash this summer.